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Bayard

(Encyclopedia) Bayard b´rd, Ital. Baiardobäyär´d, in chivalric romance, a bay horse, remarkable for his spirit and for his unique ability to fit his size to his rider. He appears in the 12th-…

Folengo, Teofilo

(Encyclopedia) Folengo, Teofilo tô´fl flng´g, 1496–1544, Italian burlesque poet, who used the pseudonym Merlinus Cocaius or Merlino Cocajo. A Benedictine monk, he left (c.1515) his monastery to…

allegory

(Encyclopedia) allegory, in literature, symbolic story that serves as a disguised representation for meanings other than those indicated on the surface. The characters in an allegory often have no…

Brewer's: Quixote

(Don) is intended for the Duke of Lerma. (Rawdon Brown.) Don Quixote. The romance so called is a merciless satire by Cervantes on the chivalric romances of the Middle Ages, and had the…

Saladin

(Encyclopedia) Saladin sl´dn, Arabic Salah ad-Din, 1137?–1193, Muslim warrior and Ayyubid sultan of Egypt, the great opponent of the Crusaders, b. Mesopotamia, of Kurdish descent. He lived for 10…

Arthurian legend

(Encyclopedia) Arthurian legend, the mass of legend, popular in medieval lore, concerning King Arthur of Britain and his knights. Medieval Sources The battle of Mt. Badon—in which, according to the…